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Name of Article:
A Clearer Skies Proposal: The Multi-Category Ratio Approach 
Title of Book/Journal:
Environmental Law Journal 
Type:
Article 
English Translation:
 
Publication Date:
2003     
Author(s):
Potts, Brian H.
 Editor(s):
 
Volume:
12 
Issue:
Pages: 286    
Corporate Author:
 
Publisher:
   
EPA Number:
 
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Keyword(s):
AIR POLLUTION-EMISSIONS TRADING
AIR QUALITY
BUSH^^ GEORGE H.
BUSH^^ GEORGE W.
CLEAN WATER ACT OF 1977
HEALTH
MARKETS
U.S. CONGRESS
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
CLEAR SKIES INITIATIVE
Comments:
 
 
 
 
    
 
Annotation:
While the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments (Amendments) laid the groundwork for a new era of smarter government regulation based on market systems, the United States has not met air quality standards in every city, as former President George H. W. Bush claimed in his speech on November 15, 1990. The author offers several reasons why air quality standards are not met: problems with the sulfur dioxide (SO2) trading system enacted under the 1990 Amendments effective market systems are under-utilized the currency of the SO2 tradable market system is measured by the quantity of SO2 emitted and does not adequately account for the effects of the pollution emitted on the environment or public health. The author argues that President George W. Bush's Clear Skies Initiative uses the same single-market non-category system as the 1990 Amendments. Therefore, the same currency problem and inequities will exist if Clear Skies is passed in its current form. The author feels that the Clear Skies Initiative should incorporate the multi-category ratio approach advocated in this article in order to alleviate these problems. The author argues that the U.S. Congress should regulate air quality for the communal good, beginning with an examination of the current system and other theoretical solutions to the current problems associated with trading. This article argues that reforming the currency of the current tradable permit approach through the implementation of a multi-category ratio approach can create a system of controlling air pollution that will base the price of the tradable permit on the environmental and health effects of pollution and not just the quantity of pollution emitted. The author encourages Congress to implement a multi-category marketable permit system, with exchange ratios set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Congress that will enable trading between categories. The author concludes that this solution is better than the Clear Skies Initiati
 
 
       
 
 
 

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